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First five months of 2024
        Jetzt habbe ich binah schon weider alles in ortnung.. Earlier in the year, I was almost there when it appeared my computer died. After extensive efforts to get it up, I contacted the asian idiots at DELL. They tried the same things that I did and concluded I needed to send them the computer (a two week process). I hesitated, but reconstructed most of my importand files and programs to Evelyn's old laptop, meanwhile periodically trying to reseruct the desktop. Carla came by for a visit during this period. Even though the monitor flickered through early stages of startup, we agreed that as a last resort, she would bring up one of her monitors. two days later, after swapping in her monitor, my desktop was back. On May 15 my new BIG Samsung monitor arrived. However, what should have been easy, created an unexpected complication. The high definitiom pixel capabilities of the Samsung screwed up the monitor settings of all my old applications. Diffrent Apps require different resolutions. I have yet to find common ground, so in order to move forward, I am flipping between screen sizes using Microsoft Magnifier.
             Speaking of skipping around, I am continuing to bounce from doctor to doctor. The worst is the dentist who has been taking forever to cap several of my teeth.which seems to be a waste of time and money. However, I guess I have the money but at my age I am running out of time. I'll try to smile when I die! Meanwhile, the girls and their family members stope by periodically. Werner E. bounced in January 10 on the last leg of a business trip. While I am definately feeling my age, I am still mobile enough to get to all the places I need to get to, including church on Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday with Carla. Both services were at a civilized eleven pm.
             So, all-in-all, everything is probably better than can be expected as I am settled in my new home. The two photos below show the entertainment center in my living room and "World Headquarters" for in my office. 



Actually, the highlight of this period was the birth of Jeffrey's sixth grandchild, Kira Blake Mancini, on March first.


First Half of 2023

        Six months had passed since my first attempt at a 2023 posting. There were three reasons for the delay (not including the fact that I am getting old and tired). First of all, Ev's passing created a great deal of paperwork. Just when it appeared that I had everything under control, my computer was hacked. This caused even more work, ie changing credit cards, bank accounts, investment accounts, along with all the associated passwords and negating fraudlent charges. Finally after cleaning this all up I remained uneasy, therefore, I replaced my four year old computer. This move was complicated because I didn't want to do a large scale transfer from to old machine but instead reloaded and updated programs as well as bring in my data from secure backups. So halfway through the year I was back to where I started. However, without a wife of 67 years and another 180 days on an old body.
        But, how could I complain. I have been abundedly blessed by a LOVING GOD, for 90 years.Even today, as  the world swirls in various stages of chaos, I and my family are relatively secure. So at this point, I continue reorganizing and gettig rid of "stuff". Thereafter, I expect to sell the house and move into senior housing. Meanwhile, the girls come by regularly, I get to Costco, Shop-Rite, the pharmacy and of course my doctors.

        On April 1 we had a wonderful Memorial Servive for Evelyn and buried her ashes in the church's Memorial Garden.


All the children and grandchildren were there. Emma and Taylor sang solos and our minister substituted one of Evelyn's old sermons (on Love) instead of her own offering. It was very moving. The group picture below was taken at the Canal Walk clubhouse after the service. All nine granddaughter are shown along with spouses and or partners. See if you can identify all!

        I hope to get more pictures into the Photos/USA Family section. 

Second Half of 2023

        OK, I'm trying to get back. The third quarter moved along similiary to the prior period. I was making good progress clearing out many years of posessions, especially Evelyn's clothes. Shelves of books were donated to a charity and the girls sorted through everything to select furnature and other "stuff" they would eventually be taking home. With Elise's help, I was able to organize the photo albumns to "a manageable 18 tomes". Additionally, I consolidated the relivent historical information into my office files.The remainder, that did not seem worth keeping, (such as an old Kruck bible which was falling apart as well as repayment receipts on loans that the Doffeks repaid for their land) was stowed into three large boxes. They are presently stored at the Fritzingers, similar to the "Lost Ark of Indiana Jones in a dark CIA vault". Anyone interested in viewing or aquiring all or parts is welcome to do so.
       Perhaps the only noteworthy event in July was my 90th birthday, which passed with a minimum of fanfare. Lisa, Carla and their spouses came for lunch at Pheasants Landing several days after and Elise & Emma stopped by a week later.
       August came and went, as did the first part of September. I had already contacted Laural Circle, a senior residental facility, realizing that the time had come to sell the house and move to a maintenance free place that would feed me. The move was accelerated at 11pm September 12 when I fell. I  was  unable to get up, laying on my stomach for 22hours before I was discovered and taken to the hospital. Four days later I was moved into Laural Circle Rehab and after another four days into my present apartment. The process of moving, empting the house, getting it ready to sell, etc, fell largely to my girls and their families. (the house was sold on March 8th).
       The remainder of the year was largely spent organizing my new apartment. The  "in house" internet and cable are not the state of the art and under the control of the overworked head of building maintanance. My two entertainment systems from Canal Walk had to be combined through a single reciever. It was almost twenty years ago that I assembled the old  setup and  I was not there when it was pulled apart. This, combined with my inability get down on my knees behind the components along with my failed memory regarding the incorrect manual resulted in a painful reinstallation. Meanwhile the computer was still giving me grief including all the address changes in the online apps and the paper world. On top of all this, two hours of rehab, three days a week were added to my multiple doctors visits until year end.
         Highlighting the year was Sydney and Nolan's wedding on Nov.18. It took place at the NJ shore from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.
Sid & I
       Since most of the family was at the wedding, there was no need for large family gatherings at Thanksgiving or Christmas. The individual families celerbrated at their homes. I managed to get to church on Christmas Eve and was visited by an assortment of girls during the holiday period. The world continued to go nuts but for us 2023 ended quietly.